Electric vehicles are incredibly interesting, but we feel that there are so many facts that we can share that you don’t already know. Below you can find five interesting facts about electric vehicles that we wanted to share. Here’s hoping you learn something that you didn’t know before.
An extremely popular car
Way back in the 19th century, electric vehicles were the most popular mode of transport. This is because internal combustion engines were only at the early stage of development, so weren’t as reliable as an electric vehicle. Tens of thousands of electric cars were sold between the 19th and the early 20th century, before the rise in popularity of cars powered by petrol and diesel.
Power your house
Did you know that with the correct technology, some electric vehicles have the potential to charge up your entire house? You could even use one to power an outdoor party, a small festival or even your Christmas lights, if you chose to. Nissan went above and beyond for their Christmas display in 2022, powering it entirely with a Nissan Leaf. If that’s not innovation within the electric vehicle industry, we don’t know what is!
An increase in uptake of electric vehicles
More electric cars were registered in March 2022 than in the whole of 2019. By March 2022, over 77,000 electric vehicles had been sold in the UK, an increase of 88% on the previous year. The UK actually has the highest number of electric cars per capita, after Germany and Norway. Of course, we expect uptake to increase dramatically over the next few years, as the UK prepares to only sell new electric cars from 2030.
Believe it or not, there are actually almost four times as many electric car charging points in the UK than there are petrol stations. As of 2019, we had over 9,000 electric vehicle charging points in the UK, compared to just 8,400 petrol stations. Of course, this isn’t a direct comparison of how many electric vehicles are on the road in comparison to petrol or diesel powered vehicles, but it shows that we’re heading towards a society that favours electric models.
It’s significantly cheaper to run an electric vehicle
As of 2022, the average cost of running a 100% electric vehicle is 9p per mile, compared to 24p per mile to run a petrol vehicle. When you consider that a car usually clocks around 150,000 miles in its lifetime, investing in an electric vehicle is certain to save you thousands over the years. On top of this, electric vehicles only have around 20 moving parts that need maintenance, compared to the 200 removable parts of an internal combustion engine.
We hope that you learned something new from our fun facts; there’s plenty more where they came from! At EVision, we have a wealth of knowledge about all things electric vehicles. If you wish to tap into our gold mine and learn more about electric car rental in Durham, get in touch with us today.